This Day in Minnesota History

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Today's Date: August 5

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1851

The Mdewakanton and Wahpekute bands of Dakota sell most of their lands in the southern part of the state when the Treaty of Mendota is signed. Governor Alexander Ramsey and Luke Lea represent the United States, and Ta Oyate Duta (His Red Nation, also known as Little Crow), Wakan Ozanan (Medicine Bottle), Wakinyan Waste (Good Thunder), Shakopee (Six), and Wabasha sign for the Dakota. Other bands had sold their lands in the Treaty of Traverse des Sioux.

1945

Actress Loni Anderson is born in St. Paul. She would achieve fame for her role on the television show WKRP in Cincinnati, and, later, her divorce from actor Burt Reynolds would provide reams of material for the tabloids.

1957

The Cincinnati Reds and the Detroit Tigers play an exhibition game at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, drawing a record crowd of 21,783. The Tigers win 6-5.

2012

Bobby Tufts is elected mayor of Dorset—a symbolic rather than a practical office. He is four years old.